Research as action, action as politics.
In Tecnopolítica we are a network of people and a technopolitical athenaeum, an extitutional research space located between academia, social movements and new democratic institutions. We aspire to be a place of collaboration and exchange of knowledge and practices on technology, politics and society. A laboratory of thought and action.
In recent decades, new ways of doing politics have emerged where technopolitical practices and networks, both technological and human, are fundamental. In Tecnopolítica, we research and try to contribute to these social transformations from a situated, experimental and transdisciplinary perspective. Our approach incorporates positions, knowledge and methods from different areas: network, data, and complexity sciences; social movements, communication, as well as science and technology studies; the philosophy of technology, and beyond. Upon them we build our own visions to explore new narrative, analytical and practical territories.
Tecnopolítica is also associated to a research unit within the Communication Networks and Social Change (CNSC) group of the Internet Interdisciplnary Institute (IN3) of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). At the same time, it operates as a node within a wider network of people, collectives, centres and research laboratories.
What do we do?
Research: in technopolitics we spend a good part of our time studying different dimensions of networked society and democracy.
Development: we are involved in projects that hybridize technological development with political thought and action.
Training: in the group we try to contribute to the construction of critical visions and capacities with respect to emerging forms of technology and politics. To this end, we give talks, organize seminars and workshops, contribute to manuals, training courses and masters, publish informative texts and a moderately long etcetera.
Action: the people who make up the network are involved in multiple political and activist projects, inside and outside institutions.
Public discussion: from the network, in face-to-face spaces, and in connection with like-minded people and groups, we try to catalyze debates on issues such as networked democracy, democratic digital infrastructures, free software and culture, digital culture and commons or technological autonomy.